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30 Attractive Projects You'll Actually Want to Make Everyone is capable of making useful things, and beautifully made modern furniture shouldn't cost thousands of dollars. In HomeMade Modern you'll learn to make the furniture you want at a fraction of the price of store-bought furniture. Not only will you save tons of money, but you'll also make environmentally sustainable pieces that are solidly built, using real materials like metal, wood, concrete, and other recycled ready-mades. The projects in this book don't require special skills, prior experience, or even a garage full of tools. This book will walk you step-by-step through the process of making furniture, from where to buy the materials (or where to scavenge!) to how to make the most of the tools you own. All you need is a sense of adventure to make furniture that looks amazing and that you can actually afford.
This manual provides the user with both general and technical information to aid in design, procurement, installation, and maintenance of PVC pipe and fittings. This manual presents a discussion of recommended practices. It is not intended to be a technical commentary on AWWA standards that apply to PVC pipe, fittings, and related appurtenances. Topics covered include: general properties of polyvinyl chloride pipe; testing and inspection; hydraulics; design factors related to external forces, internal pressure, and thrust; receiving, storage, and handling; installation; testing and maintenance; service connections; and installation.
Block and solid wood make up one of the oldest construction methods and one that ever more people are opting for when building their homes. Not only are contemporary log homes environmentally sustainable and planet-friendly, they provide comfortable and healthy living. In addition, many of these buildings use sustainable heating and power systems, taking advantage of renewable energies and raw materials. Their natural beauty enhances the quality of life for both home and work. In over 300 photos and plans, this book offers 30 ambitious, contemporary block and solid wood houses that have been built around the globe. They show the diversity of available designs that can be achieved in today's wooden homes. If you are fascinated with building with logs and living closer to nature, this book is for you.
There is nothing quite like a hot, crackling fire on a cold, snowy night. Use this new book as a reference guide to create your dream fireplace, be it contemporary or a more conservative, classic design. Step-by-step instructions will walk you through the process from start to finish, from choosing the best location and installing the fireplace and venting to finishing your home's new centerpiece. Construction techniques are demonstrated in more than 290 color photos and 20 detailed diagrams.
Nothing combines natural beauty and functionality more gracefully than a rustic bentwood trellis, arbor, gate, or fence for your garden. With the simple step-by-step instructions in Making Bentwood Trellises, Arbors, Gates & Fences, you'll learn how to collect limbs from a wide variety of native trees as a part of routine pruning and then use those limbs to make beautiful, sturdy bentwood projects.
Featured are dozens of charming design ideas to suit any landscape, plus simple installation techniques. There are even designs that don't require bentwood, including a Craftsman-style arbor made of driftwood. A list of vining plants to grow on your trellis or arbor is also included.
Adding a backyard storage shed, a new detached garage, an attractive playhouse or any other type of utility building not only improves the functionality of your home but also adds value to your property. Written with the DIY enthusiast in mind, Ultimate Guide: Barns, Sheds, and Outbuildings gives you the information you need to enhance your property by constructing one of these buildings. Whether you plan to do the work yourself or you just want to know the basics before you hire the work out to someone else, this new updated edition provides information on planning, building and finishing in clear text aided by 60 easy-to-follow photographic sequences. Select from dozens of ready-to-build plan packages and order readily available construction blueprints, CAD files, cost estimates and materials lists.
Heres a wonderful opportunity to tour 28 beautiful new log homes without leaving your lounge chair. Sumptuous photographs bring the houses to life, while floor plans act as your guide to every part of the home. This is a tool for anyone who dreams of building a log home, with hundreds of ideas to sift through. These are real homes, chosen for their outstanding designs, tasteful decoration, and real-life, lived-in practicality.
Todays leading interior designers are absolutely enamored with concrete. Innovators and artisans are enthusiastically exploring the ever-expanding uses for concrete as an artistic medium, and the potential seems endless. New permanent colors for concrete are infinite and the textures limited only by the imagination. Concrete can imitate any surface, from expensive marble and granite to slick glass or worn and faded terracotta and brick.\nThis book takes you on a visual tour of amazing concrete applications indoors, from floors and countertops, to fireplace surrounds. It highlights groundbreaking artistry in concrete that is opening the doors for craftsmen, and even do-it-yourselfers, to create murals on floors, walls, and ceilings.\nA companion volume explores decorative applications for the homes exterior.
This book is your own personal showroom, where you will discover today's cutting-edge and most popular surfacing materials for countertops, including glass, concrete, ceramics, laminates, repurposed materials, stones, metals, and wood. Over 390 beautiful color images display these materials in countertops that will fire your imagination. Discover innovative countertop features, such as optics embedded in concrete, backlighting semi-precious gemstones, unusual textures, and surprising glass colors. The informative text provides the pros and cons of employing each material to ensure you approach your project with all the facts. This book is vital to all who wish to redecorate, and for designers looking to stay current with trends they will enjoy.
Building a Revolution, one handful at a time. In the face of widespread burnout and a world gone crazy, how do we find things to say "yes" to, rather than a resounding "no"? On North America's West Coast, there's a group of rebel women who ten years ago chose to break free from a rigged economic and social system. They didn't take to the streets to lobby banks and governments to change their ways - they didn't have time for that. They had babies to feed and house. They reckoned that if nobody else was going to change the rules to support basic human needs and respect the biosphere, then we are all free to make our own rules. They chose action. They decided to teach themselves how to build houses using the most abundant material on earth - mud. They'd learn by building, gathering skills and allies. They'd have fun, sharing whatever they learned with whoever wanted to come along for the ride. The Mudgirls revolution was born. Part story of rebel women, grassroots self-governance, and community-building, part incendiary political and economic tract, and part practical guide to building natural homes for real people. Mudgirls Manifesto is about respecting the earth, each other, and crafting meaningful lives. A powerful, positive antidote to troubled times.
John Vivian tells you everything you need to know to build your own stone walls from start to finish. He covers everything from basic equipment and materials to building retaining walls, building in gates and stiles, moving boulders, and using lower-quality stone. Clear, detailed drawings show exactly what to do and how to avoid problems.
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